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23 June 2010 5:28 PM | Tagged: time world champion
Rome, June 23 - Japanese test rider Wataru Yoshikawawill stand in for Italy's injured world champion Valentino Rossiat Yamaha from the July 4 Catalunya Grand Prix, sources at theMotoGP team told ANSA on Wednesday.Nine-time world champion Rossi is expected to be out forfive or six months after breaking his right leg in a nastyaccident in practice at the Italian Grand Prix earlier in June.The team'

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23 June 2010 4:47 PM | Tagged: italian soccer federation
Rome, June 23 - Reform Minister Umberto Bossiapologised on Wednesday for saying Italy would ''buy''Thursday's do-or-die match against Slovakia to make theknock-out stages of the World Cup.''They'll buy it,'' Bossi said Tuesday in reference to theAzzurri's final Group F match, which they must win to be sure ofprogressing after 1-1 draws with Paraguay and New Zealand.''Next season you'll see that t

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23 June 2010 4:27 PM | Tagged: giorgio de chirico
Rome, June 23 - The multi-faceted role of nature inthe work of Metaphysical artist Giorgio De Chirico isspotlighted in a major new exhibition here in the Italiancapital.The event at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni showcases 120artworks from collections around the world and has been timed tocoincide with the 100th anniversary of De Chirico's creation ofthe Metaphysical movement.The exhibition spans

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23 June 2010 3:37 PM | Tagged: sergio marchionne
Rome, June 23 - Workers at Fiat's factory inPomigliano d'Arco overwhelmingly approved the company'sconditions to keep the plant running by boosting productionthere, but although almost two out of three employees voted infavor it was less than management had hoped for.Turnout for Tuesday's vote was 95% with 63% of Pomiglianoemployees voting in favor of the accord and 36% opposed.Fiat has yet to re

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22 June 2010 9:09 PM | Tagged: foundling wheel
Rome, June 22 - Rome is to get its second babyhatch, the modern equivalent of the medieval 'foundling wheel',which allows desperate mothers to abandon newborns safely andanonymously, it was announced on Tuesday.Rome Social Policies Councillor Sveva Belviso said the15,000-euro hatch would start operating in October, connected toa pharmacy.Modern baby hatches are a far cry from the wooden wheelsonc

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22 June 2010 9:08 PM | Tagged: diego milito
Rome, June 22 - European and Italian champions InterMilan's hopes of holding on to Argentina forward Diego Militowere boosted on Tuesday while their city rivals AC Milanconfirmed they are interested in Sevilla's Brazil striker LuisFabiano.Milito, Inter's top scorer last season with 30 goals asthey pulled off an unprecedented Serie A-Italian Cup-ChampionsLeague treble, has been strongly linked to

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22 June 2010 6:59 PM | Tagged: sacred archaeology
Rome, June 22 - Archaeologists and restorers working at the Roman catacombs of Saint Tecla announced onTuesday they had found the world's oldest paintings of theapostles Peter, Paul, Andrew and John. They're the oldest images of the apostles and are datableto the latter half of the fourth century AD, said FabrizioBisconti, superintendent of archeology at the catacombs, whichare owned and maintai

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22 June 2010 6:58 PM | Tagged: nobel peace prize
Rome, June 22 - Italian Foreign Minister FrancoFrattini will meet his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman onThursday as the Rome administration steps up its efforts to finda long-term solution to the situation on Gaza Strip.Gaza has been at the centre of heightened friction in theMiddle East after nine people were killed in a Israeli raid on aTurkish ship that was carrying supplies for the Pale